More Gupta em­ploy­ees fight for pay

The Star Late Edition - - METRO - LOYISO SIDIMBA

YET an­other Gupta-owned com­pany is em­broiled in a bit­ter le­gal dis­pute over the non-pay­ment of des­per­ate em­ploy­ees since July.

Shiva Ura­nium em­ploy­ees have ap­proached the Com­pa­nies Tri­bunal of the Com­pa­nies and In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Com­mis­sion (CIPC) in a bid to get their salaries for July, when they re­ceived only 30% of their pay, and for Au­gust, Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber, when they were not paid at all.

All em­ploy­ment ben­e­fit con­tri­bu­tions (re­tire­ment fund con­tri­bu­tions, in­sur­ance, out­stand­ing taxes and statu­tory pay­ments) have also not been paid since July.

The anx­ious em­ploy­ees joined Shiva Ura­nium busi­ness res­cue prac­ti­tioner Chris Monyela’s bid to have two other busi­ness res­cue prac­ti­tion­ers, Ma­homed Mahier Tayob and Eu­gene Jan­uarie, re­moved.

Monyela told the tri­bunal that Shiva Ura­nium chief ex­ec­u­tive Ge­orge van der Merwe un­law­fully ap­pointed Tayob and Jan­uarie in an at­tempt to dis­rupt the plac­ing un­der busi­ness res­cue of an­other for­mer Gupta com­pany.

Van der Merwe was also chief ex­ec­u­tive of two other Gupta-owned com­pa­nies, Op­ti­mum Mine and Koorn­fontein Mines, un­der busi­ness res­cue.

Tayob and Jan­uarie re­sponded to Monyela’s ap­pli­ca­tion, say­ing he failed to make a case for the re­lief he seeks and asked the tri­bunal to grant them a puni­tive costs or­der against him.

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